Amy Slameka has been with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office since January 2001. She has been assigned to the felony trial division for the majority of her career. She co-founded the Animal Protection Unit (APU) in 2008 with Rajesh Prasad. The Animal Protection Unit has achieved a 98% conviction rate and is designed to combat the underground criminal community that breeds, trains, houses and sells fighting animals. Such criminal enterprises exist throughout Southeastern Michigan, where there is a high rate of recidivism among these criminals. The Animal Protection Unit assists in the investigation and prosecution of all crimes involving animals. The APU reviews warrant requests pertaining to animal cruelty and animal fighting as well as evaluates the criminal aspects of animals injured during the commission of other crimes such as home invasion and domestic violence.
The Animal Protection Unit can provide training to investigators and responding officers regarding animal abuse crime scenes. The seminars are designed to inform officers on how to properly identify and preserve evidence at crime scenes involving animal cruelty and animal fighting. Particularly, the seminars focus on identifying unique documentation of animal fighting and breeding, recognizing specific injuries that are consistent with animal fighting and drafting search warrants to be inclusive of all relevant evidence of animal fighting.